Factors explaining the learning of generic skills : a study of university students’ experiences
Virtanen, A., & Tynjälä, P. (2019). Factors explaining the learning of generic skills : a study of university students’ experiences. Teaching in Higher Education, 24(7), 880-894. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2018.1515195
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Although generic skills have received widespread attention from both policymakers and educationalists, little is known regarding how students acquire these skills, or how they should best be taught. Hence, the aim of this study was to identify what kinds of pedagogical practices are behind the learning of eight particular generic skills. The data were collected from university students (N = 163, n = 123) via Internet questionnaires. The findings from regression analyses showed that teaching practices involving collaboration and interaction as well as features of a constructivist learning environment and integrative pedagogy predicted the learning of generic skills – such as decision-making skills, different forms of creativity, and problem-solving skills. In contrast, the traditional forms of university teaching – such as reading, lecturing, and working alone – were negatively associated to learning generic skills. Overall, this study offers detailed information about the pedagogical practices that nurture learning generic skills in university contexts. ...
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